Dusseldorf / Eschborn (28.9.2019) – Today the expopharm 2019 came to an end in Dusseldorf. For four days, the largest pharmaceutical trade fair in Europe with more than 500 exhibitors and more than 29,000 trade visitors from Germany and abroad offered information, orientation and inspiration for the pharmacy market. At the same time, the German Pharmacists’ Day took place at the Dusseldorf Exhibition Center, where numerous trendsetting resolutions were passed.
In 2019, expopharm presented itself as the central marketplace around the pharmacy with a greatly expanded lecture and discussion program. Thematically, the focus was on digital customer loyalty, the medical cannabis, the formulation as well as on personnel and pharmacy management. Over 250 lectures and events such as podium discussions and workshops by more than 130 speakers provided a comprehensive program not only for pharmacy managers, but also for store managers, young pharmacists, pharmaceutical technicals and students.
“The pharmacies find themselves in times of great challenges. Therefore, our goal was to provide knowledge and orientation while at the same time creating many opportunities for exchange with colleagues and speakers,” explained Metin Ergül, Managing Director of Avoxa – Mediengruppe Deutscher Apotheker, which is hosting expopharm. “In order to implement the new formats in a practical and realizable way, Avoxa has held many discussions with pharmacy owners and employees since the last expopharm. Based on this, we have developed new formats that complement the range of our exhibitors.” In addition, the exhibition organizers have also looked beyond the pharmacy market and integrated technologies and concepts from other industries into the program.
Besides the already well-known pharma-world as the pharmaceutical heart of the fair, the new inspirationLAB with its two stages and numerous workshop rooms was well accepted. The Newcomer Area, where start-ups presented their products, services and business ideas for the first time at expopharm, met with lively interest from trade visitors and exhibitors. The first Rhineland-Pitch “expopharm special”, in which five young companies presented their business ideas in the final on Thursday, has been won by the start-up “Biomes”, which specializes in intestinal flora diagnostics.
This year, especially those pharmacists got stage and reach, who were innovative and ready to share their ideas, experiences and solutions with colleagues and thus finding more peers. Metin Ergül specifically called on other “lighthouse pharmacists” to get in touch with Avoxa. After all, pioneers are also being sought for expopharm 2020. The intention behind is to hand over the expopharm successively to the pharmacists. “The expopharm should and will therefore provide even more information, orientation and inspiration on future topics and challenges,” says Ergül.
Next year, the expopharm will take place in Munich from October 7th to 10th.